Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Will Fix Your Faults
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon Eastern to answer your swing questions and analyze your swing videos. If you have question or video link for Brady, leave it in the comments section below!
Welcome to the Tuesday Blog Ask Brady Live! There are seveal questions remaining so I will answer a few more later tonight when I get back from the lesson tee. Check back in later...
Brad asks at 1:10:
I posted a few weeks ago with my swing and my problem of shanking the ball. I was getting disconnected and swinging out instead of in/in. This was exposing the hosel and it was making me hit some wicked shanks. After hitting a bunch of balls and changing some things, I noticed that I am hitting the ball just left of the sweet spot towards the hosel. I had impact tape on the club so I knew that is where it his hitting the face. Granted the balls were my normal iron distance with a slight draw, the impact was a little too close to the hosel for my comfort. Could my clubs not be fitted correctly? Right now they are 1 degree flat. Could that be causing the ball to hit close to the heel? My guess it is still my swing, but i thought there might be an issue of a poorly fitted club. Do you notice anything I can work on?
Thanks for sending in the video Brad. It makes a big difference when I can actually see the swing instead of guessing. Yes, if the lie angle is too flat the contact can move towards the heel. I would get this checked to put your mind at ease. When it comes to the swing there are a couple of issues you need to deal with. If you look at the swing from down the line you are seriously losing the Tush line from address to impact. This alone can cause some hosel issues so it should be dealt with. When viewing the swing from the face on angle you are sliding the hips away from the target during the takeaway. This makes it nearly impossible for enough of your weight to be on the front foot at impact. When you combine the fact that you are closer to the ball at impact than you started and your weight isn’t enough on the front foot it stands to reason that your arms have nowhere to go but around your right hip to get to the ball. This is an excellent way for you to find the hosel of the club or at the very least the inside portion of the face. You need to tighten up the hip turn going back and improve the Tush line to become more consistent.
Mark asks at 12:45:
Hi Brady, great blog. I have a question about my first move down from the top with my irons. When I trigger with my arms, like I do with my wedges I tend to miss with a bad pull hook. When I trigger with my lower body I miss with a bad slice. I'm really lost as to the best way to start down with my irons. My wedges and driver work great, but with 2 totally different triggers. Also, I noticed a great deal of distortion of my shaft on impact. is this a trick of the camera?
The distortion of the shaft is caused by the lack of shutter speed on the camera. If you think of the transition as an athletic motion your body should start things moving in the direction of the target before the arms and club as it would if you were throwing a ball. The trick is to move the body in the right direction. The weight should move into the quad of the left leg before you aggressively rotate around to the finish. Your description of the lower body starting and leading to a slice is indicative of a spinning to start the downswing which would cause a slice. Feel the weight work into the left quad first and the club will stay behind you longer making it easier to attack on the proper path.
Orlando asks at 12:40:
Brady.... If Jim Furyk steps on your practice tee today and says he needs some help, what do you work on? or.... do you not even mess with a tour pro with a swing like that?
Good question Orlando. The fact that he has made over 50 million dollars in prize money over his career should be taken into consideration. The simple answer is no, I wouldn’t change the swing at all. The shot he hit on 16 that hooked and killed his Open was a combination of fatigue, nerves, an uncomfortable angle from the tee and a bad swing. It is that simple. As I do with any professional standing on my lesson tee we would talk about why he was there and what specific area or shot he was having an issue with. When you are leading the Open on the 70th tee there isn’t much to fix considering the consistency he has shown over the course of his career.
Dave asks at 12:30:
Brady... I noticed someone on tour taking a divot with a 3W. If you are teeing up a 3W on a low tee, or off the ground, should you be getting a divot.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a divot with the 3-wood, especially from the ground. When the ball is on the ground it must be struck with a descending blow as the shaft is leaning slightly forward. This makes it very likely the ground will be struck out in front of the ball. The reason I have a Mortgage paid every month teaching golf is because people try to lift the ball off the ground by getting “under it”. The 3 wood is among the clubs people struggle with the most as they have the greatest fear of topping the ball. If people start taking a divot in front of the ball us teachers may be in trouble.
Tony asks at 12:20:
I am LH and my divots are pointing left of where I am aimed, but I was hitting where I was aimed and hitting hit pretty good. Should I be concerned?
If the ball is ending up where you are aiming you shouldn’t change things…….for now. Chances are the clubface is slightly closed to this inside path you are swinging on creating a slight draw that is very effective. Usually, the divot points straight or in your case slightly right of the target as the ground is being hit after the ball has left the club. If the ball begins to draw or hook significantly away from the target then you will want to get the path cleaned up so the ball has less movement in the air. It may seem counter-intuitive but to limit the amount of curve you must swing in the direction the ball is curving to. If you run into problems send in some video so I can give you some more specifics.
Mike asks at 12:00:
Hi Brady.... I was looking at Harvey Pennicks little red book the other day and it was mentioned that the crossing off the forearms puts the punch in the golf shot. Can you go into more detail as to what that means.
I haven’t heard the term “crossing the forearms” in quite a while. This is an “old-school” feel for having the player release the club through the hitting area and into impact. If you watched the US Open this weekend you didn’t see much of this action in the swing of a player like Jim Furyk as his body pivot or rotates significantly through impact. However, if you look at the swing of Ernie Els you see a much more pronounced release and “roll” of the arms after impact. The basic idea here is that “crossing over the arms” is a feel that some players use to produce extension and help the club release through impact. This feel is effective for some players whose body is less open through impact. Here are a couple of pictures to show the difference.